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Eric Bogosian

The Public Theater

For the last several years Eric Bogosian has presented two solo performances, Men Inside and Voices of America, in casual performance spaces like Inroads, P.S. 122, Club 57, and Franklin Furnace. Throughout July he performed the two as a twin bill every Thursday in the more formally theatrical space of the Public Theater’s Martinson Hall, and, as with most nontraditional performance, the import of his work shifted along with its context. These partly improvised, constantly re-ordered collections of short “bits” appeared more polished and sometimes more provocative than the downtown—Saturday Night Live revue sketches they had resembled, but they also weighed in as not-too-substantial theater, with their string-of-beads form and uncommitted point of view. Bogosian’s characters, like those of the media-conscious, image-mongering Hallwalls group (with some of whom Bogosian has worked), are

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